The table below looks at the statistics for the Test Specialist role in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Test Specialist in their job title over the 3 months to 21 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Specialist
Rank 872 804 861
Rank change year-on-year
-68 +57
Permanent jobs requiring a Test Specialist 32 75 47
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.028% 0.069% 0.041%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.030% 0.073% 0.043%
Number of salaries quoted 22 73 34
Average salary £40,150 £52,500 £45,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-23.52% +16.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £36,259 £39,000 £37,800
10% offered a salary of more than £59,250 £55,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,250 £42,500
% change year-on-year
+5.59% -5.29%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in permanent jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of permanent jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
107528 102254 109513
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.51% 94.52% 95.27%
Number of salaries quoted 87765 84921 93187
Average salary £45,000 £44,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.27% +3.52%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £27,000 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £67,500 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,000
% change year-on-year
- +5.26%

Test Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing Test Specialist in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Test Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Test Specialist
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Test Specialist within the UK.

Test Specialist Salary Trend in the UK

Test Specialist
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Test Specialist over the 3 months to 21 October 2014 within the UK.

Test Specialist Salary Histogram in the UK

Test Specialist
Top 19 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Test Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 21 October 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -59 30 £39,300 -25.14% 8
London -60 14 £38,400 -30.18% 1
Essex +1 7 - -
East of England -17 7 - -
South East -3 5 £42,500 +11.11% 5
North West -5 3 £39,500 -1.25% 1
Buckinghamshire - 3 £42,500 -
Milton Keynes - 3 £42,500 -
Manchester - 2 £38,000 -
Brentwood - 2 - -
Berkshire +3 1 £75,000 +85.18%
City of London -5 1 - -
South West - 1 £42,500 -
Hampshire - 1 £45,000 - 5
Lancashire - 1 £41,000 - 1
Wiltshire - 1 £42,500 -
Reading - 1 £75,000 -
Skelmersdale - 1 £41,000 - 1
Swindon - 1 £42,500 -

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT jobs within the UK that cited Test Specialist in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled with Test Specialist in their job title.

1 33 (46.48%) Test Automation
2 30 (42.25%) Java
3 23 (32.39%) QuickTest Pro
4 18 (25.35%) HP
4 18 (25.35%) Selenium
4 18 (25.35%) Test Scripting
5 17 (23.94%) Performance Testing
5 17 (23.94%) Software Testing
5 17 (23.94%) VBScript
5 17 (23.94%) Finance
6 16 (22.54%) LoadRunner
6 16 (22.54%) Agile Software Development
7 15 (21.13%) ISEB
8 14 (19.72%) VB
8 14 (19.72%) SQL
8 14 (19.72%) QA
8 14 (19.72%) HP Quality Center
9 13 (18.31%) ISTQB
10 11 (15.49%) Banking
10 11 (15.49%) Open Source
10 11 (15.49%) SAP
11 10 (14.08%) C#
11 10 (14.08%) Test Strategy
11 10 (14.08%) Facilita Forecast
12 9 (12.68%) Windows
13 8 (11.27%) OO
13 8 (11.27%) E-Commerce
13 8 (11.27%) .NET
13 8 (11.27%) WebDriver
13 8 (11.27%) Systems Analysis

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT jobs within the UK that cited Test Specialist in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled with Test Specialist in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (5.63%) IIS
2 1 (1.41%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (2.82%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (7.04%) Magento
1 5 (7.04%) Oracle CRM
2 1 (1.41%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.41%) CSG Singleview
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (7.04%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.23%) Big Data
3 1 (1.41%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (1.41%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.41%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.41%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 23 (32.39%) QuickTest Pro
2 18 (25.35%) Selenium
3 16 (22.54%) LoadRunner
4 10 (14.08%) Facilita Forecast
5 8 (11.27%) WebDriver
5 8 (11.27%) JIRA
6 4 (5.63%) JMeter
6 4 (5.63%) JUnit
6 4 (5.63%) LoadUI
7 3 (4.23%) Visual Studio
8 2 (2.82%) PhantomJS
8 2 (2.82%) Behat
8 2 (2.82%) Cucumber
8 2 (2.82%) Sahi
8 2 (2.82%) RSpec
9 1 (1.41%) Jenkins
9 1 (1.41%) eggPlant
9 1 (1.41%) TestDirector
General
1 17 (23.94%) Finance
2 11 (15.49%) Banking
3 8 (11.27%) Marketing
4 7 (9.86%) Retail
5 4 (5.63%) Investment Banking
6 1 (1.41%) Law
6 1 (1.41%) Advertising
6 1 (1.41%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (11.27%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 11 (15.49%) Open Source
2 4 (5.63%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 3 (4.23%) Computer Science
3 3 (4.23%) Mobile Banking
4 2 (2.82%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (1.41%) Social Media
5 1 (1.41%) Visualisation
5 1 (1.41%) Replication
5 1 (1.41%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 9 (12.68%) Windows
2 6 (8.45%) UNIX
3 5 (7.04%) Apple iOS
4 3 (4.23%) Linux
5 2 (2.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (46.48%) Test Automation
2 18 (25.35%) Test Scripting
3 17 (23.94%) Performance Testing
3 17 (23.94%) Software Testing
4 16 (22.54%) Agile Software Development
5 10 (14.08%) Test Strategy
6 8 (11.27%) OO
6 8 (11.27%) E-Commerce
6 8 (11.27%) Systems Analysis
6 8 (11.27%) Load Testing
6 8 (11.27%) Usability Testing
7 7 (9.86%) TDD
8 6 (8.45%) Scrum
8 6 (8.45%) SOA
8 6 (8.45%) Automated Testing
9 5 (7.04%) CRM
9 5 (7.04%) Validation
10 4 (5.63%) RUP
11 3 (4.23%) Security Testing
11 3 (4.23%) Wealth Management
Programming Languages
1 30 (42.25%) Java
2 17 (23.94%) VBScript
3 14 (19.72%) VB
3 14 (19.72%) SQL
4 10 (14.08%) C#
5 7 (9.86%) VBA
5 7 (9.86%) PHP
6 6 (8.45%) T-SQL
6 6 (8.45%) JavaScript
7 3 (4.23%) Ruby
7 3 (4.23%) Groovy
7 3 (4.23%) C++
Qualifications
1 15 (21.13%) ISEB
2 13 (18.31%) ISTQB
3 4 (5.63%) Degree
4 3 (4.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (4.23%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (1.41%) MCITP
5 1 (1.41%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.41%) Security Cleared
5 1 (1.41%) MCDBA
5 1 (1.41%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (19.72%) QA
System Software
1 4 (5.63%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 14 (19.72%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 18 (25.35%) HP
2 11 (15.49%) SAP
3 6 (8.45%) Oracle
4 5 (7.04%) JD Edwards
5 4 (5.63%) Microsoft
6 1 (1.41%) Business Objects
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